Austin Michelle Cloyd Social Justice Scholarship

Austin Michelle Cloyd Social Justice Scholarship

VT Engage: The Center for Leadership and Service Learning is excited to request applications for the Austin Michelle Cloyd Social Justice Scholarship. Scholars are selected based on their commitment to social justice, demonstrated activism and leadership capabilities. Past Cloyd Scholars have made strides in serving marginalized groups while furthering their awareness of the wider world and strengthening their potential for compassionate leadership.

The Austin Michelle Cloyd Social Justice Scholarship provides financial assistance to exceptional undergraduate and graduate Virginia Tech students to offset the costs of social justice-focused leadership building activities that may not otherwise be accessible for students due to financial limitations.
Social justice is interpreted broadly to reflect the spectrum of challenges facing underserved communities and marginalized populations. The range of acceptable activities for scholarship application include, but are not limited to, internships, study abroad programs, alternative breaks, co-ops, apprenticeships, fellowships, service-learning, and undergraduate research.

All full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply.
The priority deadline is December 15 for winter break experiences.
Learn more about the scholarship guidelines and the legacy of Austin Michelle Cloyd at

Requests for accommodations & other questions:
If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, welcome! Please contact Izzy Largen at or 540-231-3086 during regular business hours. Other questions about this program can be directed to Izzy.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload an updated résumé containing your academic information and leadership/extracurricular/professional experience.
  2. In a paragraph, please describe what does social justice means to you?
  3. Please describe your endeavors related to social justice, other than academic coursework.
  4. Please describe the opportunity you are planning to use the funds from this scholarship for and explain how this opportunity is related to social justice and/or your educational activities.
  5. Please provide an estimate of the total amount of funds you are requesting along with an itemized list of costs associated with the opportunity you are pursuing. In short, please create a simple budget of how you would use these funds to support your experience. To view an example, please hover over the help text.
  6. Please provide contact information for the best point of contact for the program you are intending to use the funds through. Example: Study abroad faculty lead, name, phone number, email.
  7. In order to be eligible for this scholarship you must commit to meeting with a financial aid officer in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, to discuss how receiving this award may affect your financial aid package. In some cases, additional scholarship aid can cause the reduction of loans or other grants and scholarships. Please acknowledge you understand this requirement and are willing to complete this requirement before funds are disbursed.
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